11 Book Characters All 2000s Middle School Kids Wished Were Real

11 Book Characters All 2000s Middle School Kids Wished Were Real

We held out hope that our Hogwarts acceptance letter had just gotten sidetracked in the mail.

Growing up, most kids had a book character, or five, that they wished were real.

We held out hope that our Hogwarts acceptance letter had just gotten sidetracked in the mail, and when we were younger, we wondered why our field trips weren't as cool as the trips in "The Magic School Bus" series.

Growing up as a middle schooler in the 2000s meant that there were a few staple characters we all wished would just pop up into our lives.

1. Harry Potter

We'd all be lying if we didn't say we dreamt of Snape's potion lessons instead of eighth-grade Algebra.

2. Greg Heffley

Greg was the kid who really embodied what it meant to be an awkward middle schooler, and secretly, we all wished he was around in our hallways. Although, he may want to get some more hair first...

3. Mia Thermopolis

Most middle school girls wanted to be Mia, let alone have her exist. I mean, who doesn't want to be a princess?

4. Every single character that ever existed in a Sarah Dessen novel

Girl, boy, parent–it didn't matter. All of these characters needed to exist.

5. Edward Cullen

OK, maybe some preferred Jacob, but let's be real: no one wanted Bella Swan to exist.

6. Percy Jackson

The unique plot line that includes mythological creatures draws the reader from the beginning and has you rooting for Percy. Plus, how cool would it be to have him be real to hear about his adventures?

7. Matilda

While her powers weren't as evident as Harry Potter's, she was still a force to be reckoned with in everyday life. She was smart and powerful.

8. Pippi Longstocking

Pippi had THE BEST times and adventures. Sure, she got into a little bit of trouble sometimes, but she'd still be fun to have around!

9. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire

I mean, they would be pretty helpful to have around. After all, they do have to outsmart their evil uncle.

10. Mr. Henshaw

I mean, how many authors would actually take the time to write back to kid?

11. Charlie Bucket

Most people forget that there is actually a sequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Charlie Bucket is known for more than just winning his golden ticket.

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My life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.


BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

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On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

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Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

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Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
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You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

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1. “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” ―Taylor Swift

2. “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”    ―Rainer Maria Rilke

3. “Realize that if a door is closed, it’s because what was behind it wasn’t meant for you.” ―Mandy Hale

4. “Rather than turning the page, it's much easier to just throw the book away.” ―Anthony Liccione

5.  “Morning not only forgives, it forgets.” ―Marty Rubin

6.  “You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.” ―Charlotte Eriksson

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I hope these quotes help you realize how special new beginnings are!

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